Omaha World-Herald | December 19, 2010 | By Rick Ruggles
Wyatt Arnold swept into this world with a sweet smile and a disease that gave him precious little time.
His parents vowed to make his short life as happy as possible. Wyatt sat on Santa’s lap, viewed the world on horseback and rode on a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle. He gazed at Christmas tree lights, stared a giraffe in the face and petted a penguin.
Wyatt died last Sunday at 5 months of age of spinal muscular atrophy, also known as SMA. Although it’s rare, the disorder typically is described as the leading genetic, or inherited, killer of children younger than 2.
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